By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Miami-Dade County Animal Services and the Miami Marlins announced the eighth annual Adopt-O-Mania pet adoption event at Marlins Park. Hundreds of dogs and cats will be available for adoption on the West Plaza at Marlins Park on Sunday, July 14th.
The event starts as early as 9AM and goes until one hour after the end of the game. First pitch is at 1:10 PM as the Marlins take on the New York Mets.
Sunday is also Bark at the Park, so fans can take their new fur friend out to the ball game. Tickets cost $16 for humans and $10 for dogs, which includes a $5 donation to the Humane Society. Additionally, the first 150 people to adopt a dog or cat will receive two vouchers for any week day, regular season home game in 2019. Gates open at 11:30 AM.
“We are trying to break our Adopt-O-Mania record of 140 adoptions, so we are waiving adoption fees for all animals this year. Adopters will only be responsible for the $30 licensing fee for dogs over four months old,” said Alex Muñoz, Animal Services Director.
Animal Services and partner organizations will also offer free spay/neuter operations for dogs and cats on site. Because space is limited, these services are done by appointment and only available to Miami-Dade residents.
Call 311 to schedule an appointment and learn more pet eligibility requirements. Pet owners can also purchase booster vaccines, license tags and microchip services for dogs and cats undergoing surgery.
Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department provides care and shelter to nearly 30,000 homeless cats and dogs every year. Every day, the Animal Services staff works to find forever homes by hosting on and off-site adoption events by collaborating with rescue organizations, volunteers and adoption partners.
Located in Doral, the Animal Services facility specializes in licensing, enforcing rabies vaccination requirements and vaccination services for pets.
Miami-Dade Animal Services also promotes animal adoption and public education, investigate animal cruelty cases and protect the public from stray and dangerous animals.